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Nikola Tesla: Major Creator and Inventor in the Field of Power Transfer

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“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”1 This was said by Nikola Tesla near the end of his life. He was a vivid inventor for the majority of his life, developing many ideas that weren’t further developed until very recently. He, like many other inventors, is part of a group of people throughout history known as history’s forgotten. History’s forgotten are figures in history that accomplished great things and have shaped history, but are usually not credited for their works and influence in history. It is the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, Illinois, and the event needed power badly. The Fair was taking bids from companies to supply itself with electricity, and as any good businessman knows, if a resource that is needed can be offered at a lower price, take it. This option was offered to the World’s Fair Company, as Westinghouse and Tesla would undercut General Electric and Thomas Edison to supply the 1893 exposition.2

Unfortunately, Tesla had many ideas besides his alternating current and brushless motors that were not as tangible and outside the realm of the public conscience. Although Thomas Edison and Guglielmo Marconi are famously known to be the creators of useable, available electricity and the radio, little known Nikola Tesla is the true unaccredited inventor of both of these things. Useable, available electricity is provided by Tesla’s alternating current (AC) system. AC power is one method of power in which the electric flow reverses poles sixty times per second, or sixty hertz. When viewed in a polar grid, the graph looks like ...

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